Policy Perspectives Logo

The Journal of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University


Unauthorized students face significant barriers to pursuing a higher education due to their legal status. These challenges include the fear of revealing their status, the inability to work legally, and federal and state laws that increase the cost of tuition. Obtaining a higher education and legal status would allow these individuals to earn higher incomes, lead healthier lives, and fully contribute to their communities. This paper examines alternatives that address the status of the unauthorized population and, among these options, recommends the best approach to their plight.

Full Text